Friday 3 July, 2020

Commercial jet makes emergency landing in Kingston

The crew of an American Airlines jet travelling from Miami to Colombia, was forced to make an emergency landing at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston on Friday afternoon.

The aircraft, on which smoke was reportedly seen by passengers in flight, landed safely and all on board came off safely.

The airplane is set to remain at the airport, pending an investigation of the problem that may have been encountered with it, and another aircraft is to take the passengers on the remainder of their journey.

Aviation safety has been heavily on the minds of Jamaicans in recent times, especially following the recent air crash in neighbouring Cuba’s airspace, resulted in the loss of 112 lives so far.

This is while a domestic flight in Jamaica also recently ended in tragedy, with all three persons on board a single-engine Cessna aircraft perishing in a crash in the Duncans area of Trelawny. That was the second such fatal Cessna crash in Jamaica within 17 months.

Official responses from local aviation and transport authorities are expected to follow Friday’s development, and will, like the investigation, be followed closely by Loop News.

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